Last spring they both made it to the grand final of Melodifestivalen by singing through the Second Chance round. And now it would seem that Klara Hammarström and Alvaro Estrella are returning to Melfest in 2022.
That’s the tea coming out of Stockholm courtesy of Aftonbladet‘s Mello insider Torbjörn Ek.
The appearances will mark the third consecutive run for the trophy for both 21-year-old Klara and 41-year-old Alvaro.
Klara Hammarström returning to Melodifestivalen in 2022
A former competitive horse rider, Klara first entered Melfest in 2020 with the song “Nobody,” which was eliminated during Semi-Final 2. It came fifth behind winners Anna Bergendahl (“Kingdom Come”) and Dotter (“Bulletproof”).
She returned in 2021 with “Beat of Broken Hearts”.
“It’s a song that a lot of people can relate to with a lovely message, and I would say that it’s a very beautiful song that could almost have been taken out of a Disney movie,” she said at the time. The upbeat pop number was about how can you find the motivation to keep going even after you face something as upsetting as heartbreak. “The beat of broken hearts / Gonna gonna make it through / Gonna find a way for you / And heal our broken parts / Never ever fall apart.”
The stage performance featured dazzling lights and Klara wore a sexy bustier that would give Cercei from Game of Thrones all the feels.
She defeated Efraim Leo (“Best of Me”) in Andra Chansen to reach the final, where she placed 6th ahead of Melfest legends like Danny Saucedo and Charlotte Perrelli.
Alvaro Estrella returns to Melfest with Latin pop?
When the sun goes down he keeps baila baila! And now Alvaro is ready to dance on the Melfest stage once more.
Alvaro — who has danced for artists including Danny Saucedo and Eric Saade — made his first Melfest turn in 2014. His song “Bedroom” finished sixth in the first semi-final. He returned as a singer in 2020 with the song “Vamos Amigos” alongside DJ Mendez, making the final after beating Drängarna in Andra Chansen. The pair finished next to last, beating only Mohombi (“Winners”).
This past spring he stood on his own with the upbeat song “Baila Baila”. In Andra Chansen he beat Lillasyster before achieving tenth place in the final.
It’s long been said that artists need to take a break from Mello after competing two years in a row. Naturally it’s raising some eyebrows that these two artists will break the tacit if unofficial rule.
“Surely it is a little special that both are participating for the third year in a row?” asks one of Aftonbladet‘s sources. “But at the same time, it has gone well for both of them, and the Mello audience really seems to like Latino pop, which Alvaro does very well.”
Angelino Markenhorn to make Melfest debut
Aftonbladet is also reporting that Angelino Markenhorn — who goes by his first name alone — will compete.
The 23-year-old has impressed people with his covers on YouTube, Instagram and TikTok, and over the summer participated in a songwriting camp arranged for Melodifestivalen.
He’ll reportedly sing a song from Danish songwriter Thomas Stengaard. Thomas, you’ll remember, wrote “Only Teardrops” — Emmelie de Forest’s song that won Eurovision 2013 — and more recently songs including Elena Tsagrinou’s “El Diablo” and Laurell chart-topper “Habit”.
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